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A New Community Centre, A New Name!!

Bethphage anticipate taking responsibility for some new services in Ellesmere from 1st July.

Work has begun on the Meres Day Centre to transform the building into a new Community Centre.   The centre will provide community resources in Ellesmere alongside the provision of library services, customer services, day time opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and day care for older people.

Andy Begley, Director of Adult Services at Shropshire Council said “Our vision for the Meres Community Centre is for it to become a vibrant, exciting and dynamic community facility that engages the community in all sorts of ways, we are confident that under the management of Bethphage our vision will be achieved”.

Peter Loose, Chief Executive of Bethpage said: “Bethphage’s vision is of inclusive communities where all people have the opportunity to live the life they choose and we see this development as an exciting opportunity to empower the community of Ellesmere and especially older people and those with disabilities”.

To celebrate the new facility we would like residents to help choose a new name for the building. The proposed names are:

–  “Our Space – Ellesmere Library and Community Centre” as proposed by the Friends of Ellesmere Library

–  “The Old Cottage” which we have suggested as the premises were once the old Cottage Hospital or

–  “The Meres Community Centre” which retains the previous name of the day centre

The council is also inviting residents of Ellesmere to suggest additional services that could be delivered from the centre.

Details of the consultation and your chance to vote for the name can be found here and paper copies can be collected from Ellesmere Library, Ellesmere Town Hall or Bethphage’s offices.

We have produced a short information leaflet about the new service which can be collected from Ellesmere library, The Meres day centre or a Bethphage office or downloaded from here

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